Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is bracing for domestic opposition regarding the ongoing negotiations between Greece and FYROM as attempts are made to come to a solution.
The United Nations are continuing to play an influential role and there is growing anger that the use of the name ‘Macedonia’ in any solution is out of the question amongst the majority of the Greek general public. The UN’s special mediator for the FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz, is due in Athens on Tuesday for talks with government officials and is to travel on to Skopje on Wednesday.
Although Tsipras is confident that Parliament will vote through any agreement reached with Skopje as only a simple majority is required, he is keen to secure backing from other political parties, which may prove more of a challenge as many are opposed to the use of the name Macedonia in a solution.
Tspiras must also contend with increasingly significant public opposition to a solution including the name Macedonia. Turnout at a rally in Thessaloniki yesterday demonstrated that there is no sign of the growing anger abating any time soon.